List 3: Music My Kids Must Experience

Music My Kids Must Experience

When I think back about the things that have impacted my life, it’s kind of weird to say that music is right up there.  Many of life’s important occasions, whether it be my wedding or celebrating my daughter’s birthday are punctuated by very distinctive background music.  There are also certain bands and songs that take me right back to a specific time and place.  Like when I listen to Rusted Root, I’m immediately transported back to the summer of 2001, riding around town in my best friend’s Jeep.

Growing up, I was surrounded by music.  My dad used to sing me to sleep every night and Sunday afternoons were fully devoted to dance parties where we would blast Supertramp and Lionel Richie and then calm things down with some Simon & Garfunkel or James Taylor.  It was amazing and looking back now, I realize how lucky and blessed I was to have such a rich, lovely childhood.

Now that I have children of my own, there are certain things that I want to pass on to them and one of those things is a love of music.  I definitely wouldn’t consider myself to be a music snob – I actually feel like all types of music have a place in this world.  My musical mentality tends to lean more towards the “If it feels good, listen to it”, hence why I like to listen to a little bit of everything.  Life is just too short to listen to music that you don’t love.

So today’s list focuses on the music that I love and that I want my children to experience.  The list is by no means a rundown of the greatest musical acts in history (although some of the best are assuredly on this list) and it is in no way shape or form a complete or finished list.  This list is more a compilation of the soundtracks that have helped shape my life.  If these musicians can help to shape the lives of my kids too, then that’s one more link that we’ll have and I’ll have passed something delightful on.

List #3: Music My Kids Must Experience:

Illustrated list of great music

  • The Beatles
  • Elton John
  • Bob Dylan
  • Beethoven/Mozart/Chopin/Hayden/Bach/Debussy…Classical Music
  • Carole King
  • Sublime
  • Rolling Stones
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Cake
  • Aerosmith
  • Garth Brooks
  • The Eagles
  • Chicago
  • Supertramp
  • Billy Joel
  • Elvis
  • The Temptations
  • Billie Holiday
  • Black Sabbath
  • Jim Croce
  • James Taylor
  • CCR
  • Johnny Cash
  • Radiohead
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • John Mayer
  • Taylor Swift
  • ACDC
  • Sting
  • Blues Traveler
  • Hootie & The Blowfish
  • Britney Spears
  • Eric Clapton
  • Al Green
  • Queen
  • Pink Floyd
  • Janis Joplin
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Van Morrison
  • Paul Simon
  • Madonna
  • Michael Jackson
  • Smokey Robinson
  • The Who
  • Rusted Root
  • U2
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Led Zeppelin
  • The Beach Boys
  • Weezer
  • Bob Marley
  • Ray Charles
  • Aretha Franklin
  • James Brown
  • Lady Gaga
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • The Supremes
  • Journey

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